Travel Tips: Staying Healthy While Traveling
Staying healthy while traveling is a concern for many travelers. There are risks involved with spending several hours confined with stale recycled air and strangers. To keep yourself healthy on your travels, there are a few precautions that you will want to take.
Staying Healthy Starts at Home
Staying healthy while traveling starts at home. Start off with these steps in the days leading up to getting on a plane, train, or into an automobile or bus, even before you walk out the door. In order to prepare yourself at home for a healthy trip pack the following in your personal item carry on:
- Pack a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes
- Your own fill-able water bottle
- A neck pillow
- Snacks such as fresh fruit, nuts, high-protein bars, and jerky
- Flip flops or slippers
- Sleep mask
Prepare Your Immune System
Next prepare your body by helping it to build its immune system to have an easier time fighting off viruses. Three days before your flight:
- Take extra Vitamin C and B Complex to boost your immune system.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Eat high-protein, low carb meals with plenty of fresh veggies.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of 8 oz of water per day.
Staying Healthy While in Transit
Lastly, you will want to take these steps once on the plane, train, or automobile to ensure you stay healthy during your travels:
- Use your anti-bacterial wipes to clean your seat armrests, tray, seat belt buckle and any other frequently used surfaces in your seat area.
- Don’t use the backseat pocket. It’s the dirtiest place on a plane and many other forms of transportation. Everyone uses them, but no one is cleaning them.
- To boost circulation, walk to the bathroom and down the aisles as frequently as possible. At the very least, do this every hour.
- Stretch or do yoga in your seat every 30 minutes.
- Make sure to wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom.
- Use a paper towel to turn off faucets and open doors.
- Drink 8oz of water for every hour of flight.
- Avoid drinking soda, alcohol, and caffeine during the flight.
- Don’t use headphones, blankets, or pillows, supplied by the airline, unless you know they are brand new. To be on the safe side, it’s always best to bring your own.
Follow these tips to help you stay healthy while traveling and after. To continue to stay healthy upon arrival, make sure to get a full night’s rest and drink plenty of water. After everything you did to keep yourself healthy in-transit, it’d be awful to come down with something from not continuing to take care of yourself at your destination.
Do you have any travel tips for staying healthy while traveling?
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